Computer and Information Systems Managers

Description

Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.

Tasks

  • Review project plans to plan and coordinate project activity.
  • Manage backup, security and user help systems.
  • Develop and interpret organizational goals, policies, and procedures.
  • Develop computer information resources, providing for data security and control, strategic computing, and disaster recovery.
  • Consult with users, management, vendors, and technicians to assess computing needs and system requirements.
  • Stay abreast of advances in technology.
  • Meet with department heads, managers, supervisors, vendors, and others, to solicit cooperation and resolve problems.
  • Provide users with technical support for computer problems.
  • Recruit, hire, train and supervise staff, or participate in staffing decisions.
  • Evaluate data processing proposals to assess project feasibility and requirements.
  • Control operational budget and expenditures.
  • Review and approve all systems charts and programs prior to their implementation.
  • Direct daily operations of department, analyzing workflow, establishing priorities, developing standards and setting deadlines.
  • Assign and review the work of systems analysts, programmers, and other computer-related workers.
  • Evaluate the organization's technology use and needs and recommend improvements, such as hardware and software upgrades.
  • Prepare and review operational reports or project progress reports.
  • Purchase necessary equipment.

Skills

Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

Abilities

Spatial Orientation
The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
Trunk Strength
The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Static Strength
The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Dynamic Strength
The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
Sound Localization
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
Stamina
The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
Extent Flexibility
The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Gross Body Coordination
The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.

Interests

Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Work Style

Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Analytical Thinking
Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
Independence
Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
Leadership
Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
Concern for Others
Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

Work Values

Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Lay Titles

Business Analyst
Business Intelligence Systems Manager
Chief Information Officer
Chief Technical Officer
Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Computer Operations Manager
Computer Programming Manager
Computer Project Manager
Computer Systems Director of Information
Computing Services Director
Data Center Manager
Data Processing Manager
Data Systems Manager
Data Warehouse Architect
Database Development and Administration Project Manager
Director of Application Development
Director of Data Operations
Director of Information Technology
Director of Network
Director of Technology
Document Control Specialist
Enterprise Integration Manager
Enterprise Resource Planner
Financial Engineer
Head of Computer Operations/Technical Services
Head of Information Systems and Data Processing
Head of Systems Applications Programming
Health Information Administrator
Health Information Technologist
Information Security Manager
Information Services Manager
Information Support Project Manager
Information Systems Administrator
Information Systems Director (IS Director)
Information Systems Manager (IS Manager)
Information Systems Planner
Information Systems Supervisor (IS Supervisor)
Information Technology Administrator (IT Administrator)
Information Technology Analyst (IT Analyst)
Information Technology Consultant (IT Consultant)
Information Technology Coordinator (IT Coordinator)
Information Technology Director (IT Director)
Information Technology Manager (IT Manager)
Information Technology Planning and Policy Analyst
Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Specialist (IT Specialist)
Information Technology Systems Director (ITS Director)
Interactive Media Project Manager
Internet and E-Business Project Manager
Internet Technology Manager
IT Account Manager (Information Technology Account Manager)
IT Auditor (Information Technology Auditor)
IT Program Management Specialist (Information Technology Program Management Specialist)
Knowledge Manager
Management Information Systems Coordinator (MIS Coordinator)
MIS Director (Management Information Systems Director)
MIS Manager (Management Information Systems Manager)
MIS Specialist (Management Information Systems Specialist)
Network Manager
Network Services and Operations Project Manager
Network Software Manager
Network Support Manager
Networking Administrator
Planning or Project Management Information Technology Specialist
Programming and Software Development Project Manager
Programming Manager
Project or Systems Management Computer Consultant
Quality Assurance Manager (QA Manager)
Reporting Analyst
Software Project Manager
Supervisory Information Technology Specialist (Supervisory IT Specialist)
System Development Manager
Systems Administrator
Systems Development Manager
Systems Manager

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$58.15 hourly, $120,950 annual.
Employment (2008):
309,740 employees